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Health & Wellness Resources
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Advance Your Wellbeing Through Intergrative Health and Healing* - University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing is a nationally-recognized leader in integrative therapies and healing practices. The Center works to transform healthcare through innovative educational offerings, rigorous scientific research, inspiring outreach programs, and integrative clinical services.
Alzheimer's Association* - Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
American Academy of Family Physicians* - Ready to take your "stepping" to the next level? This site provides tips on exercise and staying healthy. Learn how to start an aerobic exercise program, avoid injury, incorporate warm-up and cool-down exercises, and start a weight training program
American Cancer Society* - Regular
physical activity can help prevent some types of cancer. Get ideas about
how you can change your lifestyle to maintain your health. If you're in
to watching calories, don't miss the calorie and exercise calculator.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Want to calculate your heart rate or start an exercise program? ACSM has tips on how to be physically active for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
American Diabetes Association - The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
American Heart Association - Is your heart benefiting from your being active? Search the American Heart Association website using keyword "physical activity" to find articles on heart health, physical activity for older adults and children, calculating body mass index (BMI), healthy eating, and much more. And, don't miss their JustMove program to learn what fitness type you are! http://www.justmove.org
American Heart Association - Smoking & Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Disease) - learn the risks, how does smoking affect coronary heart disease risk, secondhand smoke, stop smoking resources and tools for quitting.
American Lung Association - The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association® today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.
American Red Cross - American Red Cross responds immediately to disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.
Anti-drug - Parents--The Anti Drug - Whether you’re a parent, relative or mentor to a child, there are going to be times when you need help discussing issues both big and small. Learn how to prevent your child from getting involved with drugs and alcohol.
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging - The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (AAAA) is the designated area agency on aging for the seven county arrowhead region. Area agencies on aging were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans aged 60 and over in every local community.
Arthritis Foundation – Dedicated to the prevention, control, and cure of the types of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation educates people by providing information and programs offered for joint health and awareness.
Back pain – MayoClinic online gives you the symptoms of back pain and when you should see a doctor, prevention, causes, and the risk factors and serious conditions that can arise. There are also steps to take before your doctor appointment provided and the types of diagnostics and treatment involved.
Bipolar Disorder – Help Guide provides the signs and symptoms and components of bipolar disorder, the causes and triggers, self-help, treatment, and the warning signs to watch for.
Breast Cancer Prevention - Clinical research studies offer us the best hope for the proper evaluation of drugs and medical techniques. This site offers you the opportunity to obtain credible information on clinical trial research and to assess your chances of getting breast cancer.
Celiac Disease – The mission of the Celiac Disease Foundation is to provide services and support through programs of awareness, education, advocacy, and research. Also provided are the causes, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Celiac Disease. Included on the website are gluten-free diets, grocery shopping and travel tips, and label reading.
Center for Mental Health Services - The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is the Federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans.
Centers for Disease
Control & Prevention (CDC) - CDC is recognized by health professionals
as the leading federal agency for protecting the health and safety of
people - at home and abroad. It provides credible information that can
help you make health decisions and achieve personal fitness.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - CDC is recognized by health professionals as the leading federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad. It provides credible information that can help you make health decisions and achieve personal fitness.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - CDC has a site designed just for kids. The Body and Mind site recommends ways to make kids bodies and minds healthier, stronger and safer.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease? - learn about your risks for hear disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.
CPR - Chest-Compression-Only CPR Video - Continuous Chest Compression CPR-University of Arizona
Depression – Provides the causes, incidence, prevention, and risk factors of depression and major depression disorder. Also provided are the symptoms, signs, and treatment as well as support groups to help ease the stress of the illness.
do-groove.com - What is "do?" "do" is based on a simple idea: By grooving your body for just 10 minutes, 3 times a day, you can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other illnesses. It could mean taking three 10-minute walks each day or opting for the stairs instead of the elevator at work. You might choose to dance in your kitchen or mow your lawn. The do physical activity campaign was developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the American Heart Association.
DrugWatch.com* - DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.
Epilepsy Foundation - The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.
Erb’s Palsy - The condition known as Erb’s Palsy is caused by an injury to the brachial plexus—the nerves surrounding the shoulder. The condition known as Erb’s Palsy is caused by an injury to the brachial plexus—the nerves surrounding the shoulder.
Facts About Credit Scoring - The University of Minnesota site relates to the understanding and use of a credit score. Listed are details regarding the determination of a credit score, how you can find out what your credit score is, and what you can do if you have questions about your credit score. Such information is critical when borrowing finances for personal or business use. The point of this information sheet is to make you aware of issues related to credit and how managing your credit prudently can insure a good credit score. As of this writing, all information listed here is current.
Food and Drug Administration - The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
Food Poisoning – Minnesota Poison Control provides information about the causes, types, and prevention of food poisoning.
Heart Disease – The CDC provides information about the tests and treatment of heart disease, as well as the causes and prevention
Lung Cancer Resources from OncologySTAT* - OncologySTAT is an authoritative source for lung cancer information.
Memorial Blood Centers - Memorial Blood Centers is a nationally known, locally operated, nonprofit community blood center that serves more than 30 hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area, northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Their mission is to provide blood products and biomedical services to benefit our community.
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center - a leading Internet resource for information about asbestos exposure and the associated health consequences, including the development of malignant mesothelioma cancer. The website provides up-to-date and well researched content focused on mesothelioma cancer and a database of information about other forms of cancer, including lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
Mesothelioma Cancer, Mesothelioma Guide is a resource for both patients and family members who are looking formesothelioma information. They provide access to doctors, cancer centers, and support help
Mesothelioma Cancer Center, Asbestos.com - is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. This website offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma treatment options.
Mesothelioma Guide - mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, care options, and free health solutions that improve their lives.
Migraines – The National Headache Foundation provides for you the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of migraines. Treatment can include over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs, or alternative medicine therapies.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) - NHLBI provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Check out this site for guides to physical activity, behavior change, controlling weight and more.
National Institute of Mental Health - a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's medical research agency - making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
National Institute on Aging - For
experienced adults on the move! Here are two sites with excellent advice
for older adults who want to stay active and age gracefully. Learn new
exercises to gain strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. Read
about the new federal program called USA on the Move: Steps to Healthy
National Osteoporosis Foundation – Community focused organization that is dedicated to the prevention, management, and treatment of osteoporosis. The website provides nutrition and exercise information, medicine and alternative treatments, and community events. Also provided are risk factors, diagnostics, research and resources.
National Wellness Institute - The mission of the Institute and the annual National Wellness Conference is to serve professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities.
Net Wellness (University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University) - Click on any of over 100 health topics to find in-depth information on hundreds of diseases and wellness issues. You will also find health professionals ready to respond to your specific questions.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the principal biomedical and behavioral research agency of the United States Government. NIH is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Public Broadcasting Station Series - Americas Walking is a fitness, travel and lifestyle series that offers information and inspiration for those who want to start a daily walking habit and a more active life.
Pollen Count* - provides you with a daily forecast of allergy conditions in your area, as long as your area is critical to help you manage today's allergies and plan ahead for the conditions tomorrow.
Quit Tobacco/Smoking Resources - Did you know? ...that the increased risk for developing prostate cancer as a smoker disappears over time once you quit?
UMD Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Program (TSCP) - The UMD Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Program (TSCP), is a 10-session program designed to help those who are looking for an effective plan to stop using tobacco products. The counseling program is free for UMD faculty, staff, and their families. UPlan members who successfully complete a 6 month program will receive a $65 reward.
American Cancer Association - Get the facts about what cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco do to your body, your wallet, and the health of those around you.
American Heart Association Smoking Cessation - online information
American Lung Asociation, Freedom from Smoking - Freedom from Smoking Online is American Lung Association's free online smoking cessation program! Quitting smoking can evoke a lot of feelings: fear, resentment, relief, and so on. If you stay committed to the program and complete all of the assignments you have a good chance of remaining smoke-free for good. Millions of people have quit smoking and you can do it too!
Familydoctor.org - Smoking Cessation in Recovering Alcoholics
Journal of American Medical Association - online information
Mayo Clinic, Smoking cessation: Creating a quit-smoking plan* - Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness.
Minnesota Department of Health Quit Smoking - protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
National Cancer Institute - NCI provides cancer related information for your general knowledge. Cancer information specialists can answer your questions about cancer and help you with quitting smoking.
Quitnet/Quit Altogether*- Learn from science-based smoking cessation resources, get quitting tips and advice from expert counselors, get support from the QuitNet community, create your own quit smoking plan and get help when you need it and have fun!
QUITPLAN - Minnesota residents have free access to all QUITPLAN Services. Call 1-888-354-PLAN to find out which service is best for you:
- QUITPLAN Helpline - talk with a counselor to create a personalized plan to quit that may include free nicotine replacement therapy;
- QUITPLAN Center - located in various health care settings, QUITPLAN centers provide face-to-face counseling and nicotine replacement therapy;
- quitplan.com - this interactive website feature encouragement forums and emails, self-evaluation and counselor assistance.
QUITPLAN at St. Mary's Duluth Clinic, 407 East Third Street, Duluth MN, 55805, 218-786-2677 - individualized plans for quitting tobacco use.
smokefree.gov - Offers online guide for the first days and the first year; expert help by talking to a counselor who can help, by phone or instant message; online materials that have helped other smokers quit; and results of research studies of smokers who were trying to quit.
United States Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tobacco Cessation - The latest information to help people quit smoking, and to help health care professionals treat tobacco use and dependence.
WebMD Smoking Cessation Health Center* - Find in-depth information to help you quit smoking including smoking cessation techniques and products.
Skin Cancer Foundation - Since its founding in 1979, the Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, and the need for early detection and prompt, effective treatment.
United States Department of Health &
Human Services - Need reliable health information? Healthfinder, an
award-winning site developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, can help you quickly find the best health information and news
on the Internet. It's reviewed over 1,800 government and health related
organizations to provide you with links to health information you can
trust. Try a search on "walking" or "physical activity"
to start you on your way!
States Department of Health & Human Services - Care Tips for Survivors
of a Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your
Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
Web MD* - The leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information. Providing credible health information, supportive community.
Web MD - Air Quality Index* - How healthy is the air in your area? See if pollution levels where you live could make it hard to breathe today.